Steve Bitticker

Associate Professor Physical Therapy

Steven Ray Bitticker, PT, PhD, Associate Professor, is originally from eastern Ohio but has had the pleasure of living and working in a variety of states before settling in his new home in Smyth County.  Dr. Bitticker especially enjoys making the acquaintance of patients that he cares for and students that he teaches.  He is excited by the opportunity to learn each persons’ life story and to help them in their endeavors.

Member:  Emory & Henry College Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects.

Member of Scientific/Professional Organizations:
American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) member, since 1982
APTA Education Section member, 2011 - Present
APTA Health Policy and Administration Section member, 2008 - 2011, 2013 – Present.
APTA Sports Section member, 1985 - 2000, 2008 - 2012
APTA Research Section member, 2008 - 2014

Dr. Bitticker has many hobbies and interests including outdoor sports, vintage automobiles, and travel.  One of his favorite activities is backcountry hiking with his wife and daughter.  Ask him about bears, rattlesnakes, and glaciers if you care to and you have the time.


Doctor of Philosophy, Organizational Learning/Leadership, Gannon University, Erie, PA, 2012.
Master of Science, Health Sciences, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH, 2006.
Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 1984.


Current Responsibilities in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program:            

  • DPT 700 Human Gross Anatomy I (Instructor)
  • DPT 701 Human Gross Anatomy II Lab (Instructor)
  • DPT 722 Patient Care Skills II:  Tests and Measures  (Instructor)
  • DPT 833 Leadership in Daily Practice (Course coordinator)
  • DPT 842 Critical Inquiry II  (Course coordinator)

  • DPT 741 Critical Inquiry I (Course coordinator)
  • DPT 832 Administration and Management (Instructor)
  • DPT 834 Public Policy and Physical Therapy (Course coordinator)
  • DPT 843 Critical Inquiry III (Course coordinator)

  • DPT 752 Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy II (Instructor)


Dr. Bitticker’s research interests pertain to injuries to pathoanatomy, the human knee, physical performance, and professional behavior.

Professional Experience

A physical therapist since 1984, Dr. Bitticker practiced as a full time clinician in outpatient settings for 15 years before teaching for two years in a physical therapist assistant program.  He returned to patient care for six plus years, then began as a full time faculty member in doctor of physical therapy education in 2007.  He has instructed Physical Therapist Assistant students at Shawnee State University as well as Doctor of Physical Therapy students at two campuses of Gannon University in addition to those at Emory & Henry College.  Also, he has served as Guest Instructor for the Gannon University Physician Assistant Science Program and as a Course Coordinator in the Organizational Learning and Leadership Doctor of Philosophy Program where he taught Advanced Leadership Theory.

Dr. Bitticker serves the Emory & Henry Department of Physical Therapy as Chair of the Curriculum Committee, as a member of both the Admissions, and Promotion and Retention Committees. 

International health-related service activities:

Dr. Bitticker had the opportunity to take part in an international medical mission in 1992 where he coordinated delivery of medical supplies to Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental Province, Mindanao, Republic of the Philippines.

  • Steve Bitticker
    Steve Bitticker

Contact Info

565 Radio Hill Road
Marion, VA 24354 



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